2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2019 Cadillac ATS

When people think of the best in executive compact cars, two lines immediately come to mind: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Cadillac ATS. For years, these excellent lines belonging to two of the world’s leading automotive companies have run neck-and-neck, each trying to outdo the other and as a result becoming strengthened through competition.

To help you decide which vehicle is right for you, we put together a table pitting some key aspects of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class against the 2019 Cadillac ATS. Take a look below.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


2019 Cadillac ATS

From $41,400 MSRP* From $38,995
255-503 hp Horsepower 272-335 hp
Up to 23 city/34 highway MPG** Up to 22 city/30 highway
2.0 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6, 4.0L V8 Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder, 3.6L V6

A Superior Experience

As you can see in the table, the 2019 C-Class offers more flexibility in horsepower and engine type, which is great in that it gives consumers the ability to choose the perfect vehicle for their needs. This flexibility of the C-Class is enhanced through the availability of sedan, coupe, and cabriolet models, whereas the 2019 ATS only offers the coupe. The 2019 C-Class also offers better fuel economy, whereas the 2019 ATS does offer a slightly lower price point.

But is that price difference enough to put the 2019 ATS ahead? When you factor in the 2019 C-Class’s roomier, more premium interior, proliferation of high-tech features, and overall abundance of classy touches, the answer becomes clear.

When comparing the coupe model of both lines, a variety of small yet important details serve to nudge the 2019 C-Class into the lead. These include a standard panoramic sunroof and optional leather seats, neither of which are offered in the 2019 ATS.

For cutting-edge technology, the C-Class coupe brings more standard features like an Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror and Memory Adjustable Exterior Mirrors, whereas the ATS does not. These combine with the higher fuel-capacity, 9-speed automatic transmission (as opposed to the ATS's 8-speed), and better gas mileage to deliver an overall more luxurious experience that just doesn’t come across as well in the 2019 Cadillac ATS.

*MSRP for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes transportation charge. Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, [and dealer prep]. Options, model availability, and price may vary. [See dealer for details.]

*EPA estimated 34 MPG highway and 23 MPG city with 17.4 gallon fuel tank capacity. You may get different mileage depending on driving conditions.

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